Friday, May 7

FIRE AT BUCKEYE LAKE WINERY

Multiple fire departments battled an overnight fire at Buckeye Lake Winery in Thornville. Crews were called to the scene in the 13000 block of Rosewood Road NE around 12:45am and upon arrival saw smoke coming from the building. The blaze caused significant damage, but no injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

WALK-IN CLINICS

The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is expanding availability for COVID-19 vaccinations by offering the vaccine without an appointment at walk-in clinics. Beginning Monday, May 10 the LCHD will offer the Pfizer vaccine to individuals 16 and older at their offices on Price Road in Newark. The walk-in clinics are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You are asked to bring proof of identification to receive a vaccine.

COVID CASES

Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 140 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. That's down from last week's rate of 155 new cases. This is the third continuous week of decline since the recent high of 200 on April 15.

CANAL MARKET DISTRICT

The Canal Market District Farmers’ Market in downtown Newark kicks off its new season today.

Executive Director Michelle Newman said the farmers’ market features fresh produce,  baked goods, prepared foods, spices, seasonings and live entertainment. The market runs from 4:00-7:00pm every Friday through October, rain or shine. Visit the Canal Market District Facebook page for more information.

JOBLESS CLAIMS

Ohioans filed over 18,600 initial jobless claims last week, according to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. That was down from the previous week's total of more than 21,000. Over the last 59 weeks, the department has distributed over $9.7 billion in unemployment payments.

WILDCATTHON

The Newark High School Key Club is spearheading a special event Saturday called WildcatThon. Junior Halen Swickard says the event is a fundraiser to support children dealing with cancer.

Swickard said tomorrow's fundraiser runs from 1:00-3:30pm at the Evans Athletic Complex. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted. Masks are required.